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There’s no guarantee that the massive rockfall which occurred at Skellig Michael yesterday won’t happen again.

Sceilig Beag, as seen from Sceilig Mhichíl. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

That’s according to Grellan Rourke, an architect with the Office of Public Works, commenting on the two and a half tonne rock which fell on to a path normally taken by visitors to the island.

The rockfall led to the re-opening of the island to tourists, being delayed by 48 hours.

It now looks likely to be Monday before the popular site – recently a film setting for Star Wars – will open for visitors.

Mr Rourke, who is a conservation architect on Skellig Michael for many years, says OPW staff have been working round the clock to make the island safe.

But he says that because of the wet weather over the winter, it’s always possible that another rockfall could occur: